A COUPLE who left their humdrum factory jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic are now earning five-figure sums selling milk doughnuts by the roadside in Penang.
“It’s our dream to run our own business but we never expected the response to be this good, ” said Nur Farahanah Abd Rahman, 23.
Together with her husband Mohd Nhazrhill Tahar, 27, she has been operating the stall in Jalan Tenggiri, Seberang Jaya, since July last year.
Nur Farahanah said they started selling milk doughnuts from home after quitting their jobs in the manufacturing sector in February last year.
“Initially, we catered only to home delivery orders.
“But as business started picking up, we decided to open a stall and joined dozens of other traders here in Seberang Jaya, ” she said as a long queue started to form at the stall for takeaways.
Their doughnuts are unlike the usual sugar-coated ones.
Their well-guarded recipe which involves mixing milk with castor sugar coating was inherited from Nur Farahanah’s mother-in-law living in Bintulu, Sarawak.
“Our doughnuts do not use wheat flour and will remain soft and fluffy all day, ” she said.
Due to better business now, Mohd Nhazrhill has to start kneading the dough in the morning before selling the doughnuts at noon daily.
The couple sell about 32kg of doughnuts every day.
“The doughnuts cost RM2 for four pieces so we have to rely on volume to maximise profits.
“The hard work and sacrifice is worthwhile, ” said Nur Farahanah.
She added that the family income was “several times higher” than what they earned in the manufacturing sector.
Nur Farahanah said they hired five workers to help cope with the demand, with two branches planned in Kulim, Kedah, and Bayan Lepas.
“We hope to open one in Kulim in March, followed by another one in Bayan Lepas.
“I hope our story can be an inspiration to those who lost their jobs during the movement control order.
“We have fulfilled our dream and we encourage everyone to stay positive, ” she said.